On the eve of his inauguration as the 19th President of Liberia, Mr. William Tolbert?
On the eve of his inauguration as the 19th President of Liberia, Mr. William Tolbert received the credentials of two new ambassadors, representing Algeria and Indonesia. It's the first time Algeria has established diplomatic relations with Liberia. Indonesia already had diplomatic relations.
Tomorrow--Monday--Mr. Tolbert will be inaugurated President of Liberia. The law of succession was amended in December to permit the new president to serve a full term of office--under the old law he would only have served for the remainder of the late President William Tubman's term of office.
SYNOPSIS: In Monrovia, Algeria's first ambassador to Liberia arrived last week to present his credentials to the Head of State, President William R. Tolbert. A detachment of the Executive Mansion guards mounted a guard of honour as the new ambassador, M. Zitouni Messaoudi, arrived for the ceremony.
Addressing President Tolbert, the new envoy affirmed the wish of President Houari Boumedienne and the Algerian people to forge closer links of friendship and co-operation with Liberia. President Tolbert replied in a similar vein, and assured the Algerian ambassador of Liberia's firm commitment to the Organisation of African Unity and the United Nations.
In a similar ceremony the previous day, Indonesia's new envoy to Liberia arrived to present his letters of credence to the Head of State. The two ceremonies came on the eve of Mr. Tolbert's inauguration as the 19th President of Liberia.
The new Indonesian envoy, Mr. Alibsjah Satari, in his address to the President, praised the role Liberia had played in the liberation of Africa during the struggles for independence. The Liberian Government recently changed the law of succession to enable President Tolbert to be inaugurated for a full eight-year term. Under the old law, he could only succeed for the remainder of the remainder of the late President Tubman's term of office.